The Benefits of a Good Cry

This posts has good news and not-so-good news. Here’s the good news: There’s a great article, published today, about the benefits of a cathartic workout – one that pushes you to do things you didn’t think you could do, or helps you access and process the feelings that have been bottled up. It’s a great article and you should definitely read it, but in case you need another reason: check it out because I’m in it!

The article is called “The Unique Release of an Emotionally Cathartic Workout” and you can read it here. It’s on Sonima, a health and wellness website where Deepak Chopra serves as an advisor. Lori Majewski, a lovely women and new friend that I met when I exercised like Britney Spears, wrote it.

Reading the article was eye-opening for me, and it got published at a good time, because it turns out I really needed to read it. And this ties into the not-so-good news, which is basically that it’s been a really hard month. And we’re only one week in!

So what’s going on? The stomach bug from a couple weeks ago (the one mentioned in my San Francisco race recap) ended up lingering a little longer than expected. So has the fatigue and soreness that I think has come from over-training – month after month of pushing myself in my workouts, prepping for races (I’ve done six already in 2015).

I also got a tetanus shot last week. The nurse warned me that my arm might be sore after, and I didn’t believe her. Sure enough, it was sore for three solid days. I managed to make it through a class at Slimmons with a sore arm, but it was the worst I’ve felt at Slimmons in a long time.

Because of all these factors, I’ve been taking it easy, but the weakness that I’ve felt from a couple rough weeks has morphed into a lack of motivation, and that’s a huge hurdle. I’ve had these periods before, and I’ll continue to have them, I’m sure – but that doesn’t make them easier to handle, and making good choices has been an uphill battle.

If that wasn’t enough, that’s a family situation happening right now that’s been very emotionally draining, so throw that right on top of the pile.

Here’s the upside: I went grocery shopping last night and have good, healthy foods in my house. That always helps. I had been running low on food, and when there’s not good choices available, it’s easy to make bad choices.

Plus, circling back to the beginning of this post, the Sonima article was helpful. It reminded me of how powerful and helpful exercise can be. I read my own words in that article for the first time since I shared them with Lori about a month ago, and I know, deep down, how true they are. The article reminded me that although exercise may be the last thing I want to do right now, it could be the very thing that helps pull me out of this slump.

Plus, I have to exercise this week, because I have a stair race this weekend, up a 63-story building. A few days ago I began thinking about bailing on it, but I can’t, for a couple reasons:

  1. I’m not a quitter.
  2. Friends and readers donated money to charity on my behalf for this race, and my end of the deal is that I show up and give it my all.

So since quitting isn’t an option, I gotta be prepared and ready. Tonight, after work, I’m running to a parking garage and climbing the stairs 13 times. It’s a 4-story garage, so that will be 64 stories – one more than I’ll be doing on Saturday. This will be my hardest workout in a while. I have a hunch I might cry. And I will welcome and embrace those tears.

Keep it up, David.


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10 Responses to The Benefits of a Good Cry

  1. Lisa Long says:

    thanks ! I needed this kick in the butt today…my trainer quit and apparently so did I! I have lots to lose even with what I have lost to date so this is so very timely…I am off to the gym tonight no matter what!  

  2. Dana says:

    David I am so sorry that you are going through a tough time. You have a strong spirit so don’t let everything that has happened or is happening pull you down. Be kind to yourself and remember you are so very valuable!

  3. roseisrose1 says:

    TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF! Yes, I’m yelling 🙂 you don’t have to break records with your race this weekend, just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and you’ll do great! I understand about the motivation-but that is exactly when you need to do something, ANYTHING-even just a stroll around a park, especially something outside!

  4. Val scott says:

    Please feel this big hug I’m sending you. My son suffers from depression and he lives far away from us and so I feel the same for you as I do for him and I am so proud of both of you.

  5. Coco says:

    David, I’m still tired from that race we did back in February…or was it January? Either way, I’m still tired and I hope you give yourself some down time soon. Listen to your body, it may be telling you it needs a break. Lots of love to you xoxo

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